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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The Town of Innisfil typifies many smaller municipalities experiencing rapid urbanization with lots of residential growth but little employment growth. The quality of life of its residents is challenged by the need to spend considerable time each day commuting to jobs outside the town. There is an urgent need to transform municipalities like Innisfil into more complete communities by attracting businesses and jobs which is a key thrust of the Province of Ontario’s land use planning initiatives. The desire may be there but the implementation is missing.

This workshop will look at the Town of Innisfil as a case study for other communities in Ontario. The workshop will entail two parts. Part one will consist of background and situational analysis on the Town of Innisfil by Innisfil consultants and staff. Part two will consist of a panel of independent experts responding to the Town of Innisfil’s situation. The independent experts will provide insights, critiques, possible solutions and recommendations to the challenges and issues facing Innisfil and similar communities across the province.

This workshop has been organized by Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development (CUR) and the Chang School’s Local Economic Development Program in partnership with the Town of Innisfil.

Date: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Alumni Lounge, 4th Floor, Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton Street, Toronto
Free admission | Registration required

Lunch will be provided. Please notify cur@ryerson.ca if you have any dietary restrictions or accessibility requirements to ensure your inclusion in this event.

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10:30 am - Registration
11:00 am - Presentations - Innisfil Background and Situational Analysis

  • Jason Reynar, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Innisfil
  • Jamie Cook, Director, The Watson Group
  • Tim Cane, Manager of Land Use Planning, Town of Innisfil
  • Dan Taylor, Economic Development Catalyst, Town of Innisfil

12:30 pm - Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - Panel Discussion: Insights and Future Directions by Independent Experts

  • Frank Miele, Academic Coordinator and Instructor, Certificate in Local Economic Development Program, Ryerson University
  • Diana Petramala, Senior Researcher, Centre for Urban Research and Land Development (CUR), Ryerson University
  • Brock Dickinson, Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Waterloo
  • Jo Flatt, Senior Manager, Policy & Partnerships, Evergreen
  • Moderator: Frank Clayton, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research and Land Development, Ryerson University

2:30 pm - Summary of Findings

3:00 pm - Workshop adjourns

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